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Poster: philly_bob Date: May 20, 2013 9:34am
Forum: texts Subject: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

I did not see this in the Torrent FAQ. I've noticed more and more documents available as Torrents in the Texts section only have EXE files. I imagine this is a sign of success of the new Torrent2Exe utility, which allows browsers without Torrent utilities installed to access the files.

But this means that now there is only a directly-executable (on PC) EXE file. It used to be that the Torrent downloaded a PDF or RAR file, and often thumbnails were available.

This makes me nervous. I have antivirus protection (Avast) but is it enough to handle a malicious EXE file on a PC?

How do you folks evaluate the risk of downloading and running an EXE file from archive.org?

Philly_Bob

This post was modified by philly_bob on 2013-05-20 16:34:55

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Poster: aibek Date: May 20, 2013 12:24pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

How about some sample links?

Torrent2Exe is merely a bittorrent client (with a built-in torrent). It does not contain the file you want to download; it is just a program which knows how to download the desired file from somewhere else using the bittorrent protocol. A torrent2exe .exe file is no better than a .torrent file.

At any rate, the exe files would not be IA files. EXEs in place of PDFs would be a highly regressive step! As such, the standard precautions apply (trusted sources only, etc.).


http://torrent2exe.com/

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Poster: garthus1 Date: May 20, 2013 5:52pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

Philly_Bob,

I am never 'nervous' about such things. Any materials that I work on in my desktop are saved to an external medium. If my machine gets infected (which it almost never, does because I know how to hack my Microsoft registry to avoid most male-ware); I just restore the system and am 'off and running' in a short time. Knowledgeable avoidance of threats and resources are fine, but nothing replaces a good backup system to protect your information. Over the years I think the Archive has a good record concerning this issue.

Gerry

This post was modified by garthus1 on 2013-05-21 00:52:55

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Poster: aibek Date: May 20, 2013 7:33pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

Gerry,

How do you restore the operating system files? The Windows System Restore never worked for me. Check the link too.

http://superuser.com/questions/201468/can-system-restore-remove-virus-from-the-computer

I use GNU/Linux, so I am free of these worries! The OS is designed in a much better manner than Windows. And, anyway, the softwares on my system are from Debian’s official repository, the infection of which will be a high-profile event, so I would hear of it! (I backup too!)

This post was modified by aibek on 2013-05-21 02:33:05

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Poster: garthus1 Date: May 20, 2013 9:36pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

aibek,

I never use restore function, I disable it in the Windows registry. I just reinstall the OS if there is a problem. I also use Linux, BSD Unix and Solaris. My preference is BSD Unix and Debian in that order. However, I get Windows Xp and Windows 7 to run almost as fast as Linux after shutting off most of the unnecessary processes they have running. My customers us Windows so I have to deal with it and they way I do is to hack its registry and turn off most of the stuff that bloats the OS.

Gerry

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Poster: aibek Date: May 21, 2013 2:44am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Nervous about running EXE files downloaded viaTorrent

Ok, thanks for the reply. I haven’t really studied Windows; I suppose it is possible to turn it into something good enough.